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Sabres prepare for NHL Draft; Trade in the Works?

By Michael Mroziak

Buffalo – The Buffalo Sabres are reportedly involved in a possible player trade that would bring current Calgary Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr to Buffalo.

As first reported by Canadian sports network TSN, Regehr would be required to waive a no-move clause in his contract. Regehr, 31 years old, 6-foot-3 and approximately 225 pounds, would add size and experience to the Sabres' defense.

According to several media reports, Regehr is contacting peers to find out more about the Sabres and the local community before making his decision.

The Sabres have not commented on media reports, nor is it known which players might be involved in a deal for Regehr.

This trade rumor comes as the Sabres prepare to take part in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, beginning this evening in Minnesota. The Sabres currently hold the 16th overall pick, as well as picks from the third through seventh rounds to be held tomorrow. Buffalo does not have a second round pick, which was traded in the deal that brought forward Brad Boyes to the Sabres late last season.

Several Western New York natives are among the prospects that could be selected by NHL teams this weekend, including Wheatfield's Adam Clendening, Grand Island's Larry Smith, Williamsville's Chris Bradley, West Seneca's Alex Lepkowski and Cheektowaga's Scott Diebold. Also among the prospects is Jamie Oleksiak, whose father is from Buffalo.